Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho with live orchestral accompaniment


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How much of the success of a movie is down to its film score?

A significant amount according to Alfred Hitchcock who declared, “33% of the effect of Psycho was due to the music”. With its jagged rhythms and shrieking strings, Bernard Hermann’s Oscar-winning soundtrack is certainly one of cinema’s most recognisable and, on Wednesday 9 April at Symphony Hall, audiences can watch Psycho on a giant screen with the music played live on stage.

The 1960s spine-chiller stars Janet Leigh as a secretary who ends up at a motel owned by psychopath Norman Bates, played by Anthony Perkins. Shot on a low budget in black and white, Hermann responded by using a pared down orchestra of only strings to thrilling dramatic effect. In fact, Hitchcock originally intended the shower scene to be silent but had a change of heart when he heard Hermann’s musical treatment. Now over 50 years old, Psycho is still recognised as one of the great suspense movies of all time, with the music an integral part of its capacity to raise the hairs on the back of the neck.

Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho Live is at Symphony Hall on Wednesday 9 April with the British Sinfonietta conducted by Anthony Gabriele. Tickets and details from Town Hall & Symphony Hall box office 0121 780 3333




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Wednesday 9 April, 7.30pm
Symphony Hall
Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho Live
British Sinfonietta
Anthony Gabriele, conductor

Film screening with live orchestral accompaniment
Certificate 15

Tickets: £25 plus transaction fee*

Town Hall & Symphony Hall Box Office
0121 780 3333

*A £2.50 fee per transaction will be charged on all bookings, except purchases made in person at the Town Hall or Symphony Hall Box office. A further charge of £1 will be applied for postage if required.




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British Sinfonietta & Anthony Gabriele


Town Hall and Symphony Hall are managed together by Performances Birmingham Limited, a Registered Charity No 1053937. Between them, the two halls present an exciting and varied programme of around 800 concerts and events a year, connecting people of all ages and backgrounds to music from jazz, folk, world, roots and classical, to rock and pop. Over 500,000 people visit Town Hall and Symphony Hall annually, and almost 12,000 young people and 6,000 adults participate in the thriving Education and Community programme.

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Issue date
10 March 2014